Love Story & Marriage Pregnancy

Sometimes You Have to Marvel at God’s Humor

So you may have noticed I’ve been rather absent here lately. And I promise it’s for good reason. Read on, friends. 

Many of you may know that Mark and I have been pursuing fertility treatments for the past year and a half. Our most recent failure was in November, I found out our IUI failed on Thanksgiving. Luckily we were surrounded by friends and family when we found out. 

We went into December completely unsure of what our next step would be. We decided to just forget it for the Holidays. We would address the situation after the new year rolled around. 

Fast forward to between Christmas and New Years. I wasn’t feeling the greatest, like I do every time my period is around the corner. I was somewhere between five to seven days late which isn’t unusual so I didn’t think too much of it. I’ve been here before, waiting for my period to show up, and it seems like everytime I try a home pregnancy test, it comes the next day. So I figured I would hurry it along. I took the pregnancy test and got in the shower without even waiting for the result to show up. I knew it was going to be negative. 

When I got out of the shower and saw two very clear pink lines on the cheap-o pregnancy test I bought 100 pack of on Amazon, I immediately thought it was a false positive. I furiously dug through the cupboard to find three more fancier and more expensive pregnancy tests. And I waited. 

Again, two pink lines and a very clear PREGNANT on the screen. I about hit the floor. I couldn’t stop shaking. Then I thought how did this happen? I mean I clearly know HOW it happens. But I just had to marvel at God’s humor. 

Baby R-7

After months of treatments, a diagnosis of unexplained infertility, and so many across the nation praying… this. just. happens!?!? When we weren’t even trying. And how we least expected it. God truly has a sense of humor. My mind was blown. It felt too good to be true. It still feels too good to be true. 

The next two weeks were full of labs that indeed confirmed I was pregnant. For me, it wasn’t until we saw our little baby on the ultrasound screen at around 6 weeks that it really sunk in, this is real. And it is really happening. And the best part, there was an active and healthy heartbeat! 

It is truly a miracle. One we never imagined would happen as it did. But we are so excited and clearly overjoyed! We cannot wait for September when we will get to meet this little miracle growing inside of me! 

So far pregnancy has been this huge learning curve for me. There’s just so much information (and misinformation) out there and you just want to do your best to keep this baby alive and growing throughout the first trimester. It can be exhausting and overwhelming at times! Besides being completely and utterly exhausted most of the time, I have felt pretty good. No morning sickness at all. And for that I am thankful. I pray it stays that way!  

No serious cravings yet or food aversions (which is good). I have quickly learned that pregnancy brain is TOTALLY a thing! I get headaches that come and go. I don’t feel like I have a definite BUMP yet, just look like I eat way too much. LOL! But it is coming quickly, I feel the pressure and am starting to get uncomfortable. I am currently sitting right at 10 weeks and looking forward to that burst of energy everyone says comes in the second trimester! 

Mark is thankful that God’s timing (as of right now) means baby should arrive between wheat harvest and the rest of harvest. He already enjoys petting my belly and talking to our little baby R in there. He has, in all honesty, been wonderfully attentive to me. He makes sure I eat and keeps a steady stream of the fizzy waters I enjoy coming to me. He has also been extremely patient with me as there are days where I sleep later than I should (when I should be at work) and when I lay on the couch when I should be doing dishes or laundry. God bless that sweet man! 

So needless to say, this blog may change a little the next couple months. I will try and keep y’all updated on the happenings with Baby R. 

Thank you to all of you who have prayed for this miracle! It is because of all of your diligent and amazing prayers that God has answered in His time! And we appreciate continued prayers as this pregnancy progresses! 

In the meantime, here’s what’s been happening in our world the last few weeks!! 

Photo Jan 02, 12 17 42 PM Photo Jan 13, 1 15 39 PM Photo Jan 29, 2 21 35 AM Photo Feb 06, 4 59 00 PM Baby R-1 Baby R-4 Baby R-6

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  • Nicole
    February 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    There are no words, just all the feels of joy and blessings from our Faithful (Funny) Father God in Heaven!!!!!!!! And the boots, I’m giddy in anticipation for the gender announcement. You NEED to be a #BOYMOM with me.

  • Adriane
    February 9, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    What joy! Thank you for allowing us to celebrate with you. Our Lord’s timing is always perfect and best, and we will be praying that He continues to keep you and Baby safe and secure in His loving hands. Also . . . I’m totally squealing for you from Missouri! 🙂

  • Ashley
    February 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    CONGRATS!!! OMG so exciting!! Please do keep us all posted. So happy for you both. God most definitely works in mysterious ways!
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  • Darcy
    February 9, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Wooo hooo! Congratulations! Glad you are feeling good. Feeling exhausted is totally normal in the first trimester….and second, and third – at least for me! 🙂 Give yourself grace, which it sounds like you are….and enjoy your sleep. (You’ll get a lot less of it for the next 18 years, lol.)

  • Lynn
    February 9, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Congratulations and blessings, dear!

  • Jennifer Zeller
    February 9, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    This is so exciting! I love God’s sense of humor! I’m so happy for you both!

  • Amy
    February 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Congrats!! I’ve been praying for you so hard! I too had fertility problems, after 2 miscarriages and 3 failed IUI’s, we had 2 successful IVF’s and now have a 3 year old and 1 year old twins. Science has come so far, but God truly knows what he’s doing!!

  • Heather
    February 10, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Congratulations! God works in mysterious ways. Praying the hard part is behind you. Love and many blessings are headed your way.

  • Kim Wolfe
    February 10, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Wonderful news, congratulations to you both!

  • susan martin
    February 11, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I’m thrilled for you! 🙂 Really enjoyed reading this post…I’m smilng as I’m typing this. From one farmer’s wife to another…..CONGRATS!!!!

  • Tana
    February 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Praise the Lord so happy for you and your new one on the way. Love looking at you post from a South Dakota girl to a California girl 😀

  • Myrtle Miller
    February 22, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Arlene
    March 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I stumbled on your website looking for a lemon scone recipe and saw this post. Yes, you are right, God does have a sense of humor! I had sort of the opposite situation: when we got married we had a ‘kids in 3 years’ plan. Then 3 years rolled around I wasn’t feeling it – I wasn’t super maternal person and I was frankly afraid I wouldn’t love a baby, let alone know what to do with one. About that time, I had some female medical issues and was on pills that stopped my period for several months. The doctor told me my period would start a month, maybe 6 weeks after finishing them. I waited and waited and then I started feeling generally icky. Yep, I was preggers. I cried when I told my husband, which sort of confused him – we weren’t actively trying. but it was right on the time-table. So fast forward 9 months. I gave birth and still was meh. (So much so, that after the baby was born and I didn’t hear crying, I thought the staff would think it weird if I didn’t show some concern, so I asked if he was ok. Yeah, he was – he was just looking around.) They put him on my chest, took a picture and I still could take him or leave him. Then 8 hours later in recovery I heard some other relatives talking about how beautiful their baby was and wham! I had the most overwhelming feeling of indignation – whatever were they talking about? My baby was the most wonderful in the world, why just look at him!! It was such an overwhelming rush of motherhood and it never left. I remember laughing and thinking then that it was God’s little joke. That child is now 33 and I still love him as much and more. Motherhood is wonderful and scary but worth every minute. Best wishes!